A's announce Braden's surgery a success


A's announce Braden's surgery a success

May 17, 2011A'S NEWS A'S VIDEO
Paul GutierrezCSNCalifornia.com
Delayed a day by a canceled flight, Dallas Braden's surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left (throwing) shoulder was deemed "successful" by the A's on Tuesday, though it is expected to end the left-hander's season after three starts.

The surgery was performed in New York City by Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek, who performed a similar procedure on Mets lefty Johan Santana last year.

Braden, 27, was initially diagnosed with inflammation with no structural damage in the shoulder after going on the disabled list was a strain on April 18 (retroactive to April 17). But he sought second and third opinions, from Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and Altcheck, respectively, and decided upon the surgery. The procedure was supposed to take place Monday but the A's said his American Airlines flight on Sunday was cancelled, forcing the postponement.

Early Tuesday morning, Braden, author of the 19th Perfect Game in major league history last Mother's Day, took to Twitter to give updates on his going under the knife.

"Not sure what's worse," Braden Tweeted, "bad acid trip or the dreams one has while coming down off anesthesia.where can I get"anesthesia"? I'm sheening for it"

Braden was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts this season with 15 strikeouts and five walks. The Pride of Stockton last pitched on April 16 at home against Detroit and left the game after five scoreless innings with tightness in the shoulder. Afterwards, he was unusually glum, as if he knew something was truly wrong with his shoulder.

Is there a salvation army store for left shoulders? Braden Tweeted on April 18. how can i pass out for the next 15 days and wake up feeling normal? fetal positon,crying."

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

Warriors, Cavs to square off in ultimate NBA Finals trilogy

The Trilogy has arrived.

The Warriors. The Cavaliers. Facing each other in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive postseason. The series begins June 1 with Game 1 at Oracle Arena.

With a 135-102 victory over the Celtics Thursday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals, the Cavs advance to face a Warriors team riding the wave created by being the first club in NBA history to start the postseason with 12 straight wins.

With the teams splitting the first two Finals, the Warriors winning in 2015 and the Cavs prevailing last June, this one is to break the tie.

In the meantime, both teams have done some significant retooling.

The Warriors last summer added four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant, along with veterans JaVale McGee, Zaza Pachulia and David West.

Though LeBron James remains the hub of the Cavs, the team made several in-season changes, most notably adding veterans Kyle Korver and Deron Williams.

The Warriors came into the playoffs having earned the No. 1 overall seed by virtue of their NBA-best 67-15 record. They’re 27-1 since March 11, having ended the regular season by winning 15 of their last 16 games before taking out Portland, Utah and San Antonio in four games each to reach The Finals.

The Cavaliers (51-31) held the top seed in the East for most of the season before staggering over the final six weeks, going 9-12 over their final 21 games, including four consecutive losses to end the season.

Cleveland seems to have recovered from its late-season slump, sweeping Indiana and Toronto in the first two rounds before ousting the Celtics in five.

The Warriors and Cavs split two games in the regular season, each team winning on its home floor. Cleveland took a 109-108 decision on Christmas Day, while the Warriors came back for a 126-91 on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Oakland.

The NBA Finals schedule can be seen below. 

Game 1 – Thu  June  1  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 2 – Sun  June  4  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM  

Game 3 – Wed  June  7  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 4 – Fri  June  9  Golden State at Cleveland             6:00PM  

Game 5 * Mon  June 12  Cleveland at Golden State          6:00PM  

Game 6 * Thu  June 15  Golden State at Cleveland          6:00PM  

Game 7 * Sun  June 18  Cleveland at Golden State          5:00PM    

Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres


Dusty chooses son's graduation over Nationals game against Padres

WASHINGTON — Dusty Baker will miss the Washington Nationals weekend series against the San Diego Padres to attend his son Darren’s graduation.

Baker said he will rejoin Washington when it begins a three-game series in San Francisco on Monday, near Baker’s offseason home. Bench coach Chris Speier will assume managerial duties against the Padres.

Baker’s son Darren is graduating from Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California. He’s committed to play college baseball at Cal.

As a 3-year-old bat boy, Darren was rescued from a potential home plate collision by J.T. Snow in Game 5 of the 2002 World Series between Baker’s Giants and the Angels.